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The Utopic Unicorn editon of the Kubuntu Linux operating system, an Ubuntu derivative that uses the KDE desktop environment

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Welcome to the Utopic Unicorn edition of the Kubuntu Linux distribution, an official flavor of Ubuntu based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the modern KDE desktop environment.

Availability, supported architectures and boot options

The distro is available for download as Live DVD ISO-hybrid images that can be written to USB flash drives or burned onto blank DVD discs. Supported architectures include 64-bit, 32-bit and 64-bit Mac (for Macintosh systems).

From the boot prompt, it is possible to start the operating system, boot an existing OS that is installed on the first disk drive, test your computer's RAM (system memory) for errors, as well as to check the boot medium for defects (only if using a DVD media).

In addition, you can press the F2 key to change the language, the F3 key to change the keyboard layout, the F4 key to use a different mode, the F6 key to add additional boot parameters, and the F5 key for enabling various accessibility features (very useful for visually and hearing impaired people).

Familiar and modern desktop environment powered by KDE

The Kubuntu Live DVD is a bit different from Ubuntu one, as it will ask users to choose between the Live or Install modes after booting the operating system from the DVD/USB medium. The KDE desktop environment is quite untouched, comprised of a single taskbar located at the bottom edge of the screen.

Default applications include the Dragon Player video player, K3b CD/DVD/BD burning software, Amarok audio player, Mozilla Firefox web browser, LibreOffice offie suite, Dolphin file manager, KMail email client, Akregator news reader, KTorrent BitTorrent client, and many other default KDE apps.

Bottom line

Even if it's an early development release, this Kubuntu edition seams pretty stable. However, we don't recommend to install it on production machines, as future updates may broke the system.

Kubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on October 23rd, 2014
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